The Boonville Pirates wrestling team had the cards stacked against them from the start Wednesday night in the regular season finale against the Hallsville Indians.
With only six matches on the night, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team won only two of those matches to finish on the losing end by a score of 34-24.
The loss dropped Boonville to 4-19 on the season.
“I thought we had a chance to make that dual very close but we lost a couple of matches that I was hoping would go our way,” said Boonville wrestling coach Christian Stock. “This is a future conference opponent. Brant Whitaker lost a match to a senior who is a tough wrestler and I would guess will place high at state in Class 1. Brayden McFarland won his first wrestled varsity match and started us out with a pin in the dual.
“It was senior night for Gabe Rumbaoa, who did not get to wrestle and caught an open. You always hope to get your seniors a match for this occasions. He has been a very strong leader for our team this season. We also honored Makayla Maxwell, who has been a team manager for three years. It will be tough to see these two go. They both have put in a ton of time with the team over their careers.”
To set the story straight in this match, the Pirate wrestlers had six opens but only two (132 and 138) that counted for points. Hallsville was open at 220 and 285.
In all, Boonville and Hallsville had double forfeits at 106, 113, 160 and 182.
As for the matches itself, freshman Brayden McFarland picked up his first varsity win of the season by recording a first period pin against Hallsville’s Lliam Ross in 54 seconds. The win improved McFarland’s overall record to 3-15.
Meanwhile, at 126, freshman Eric Bundy lost by pin in the second period against Lucas Pemberton in 3:47. The loss dropped Bundy to 6-18 on the season.
Then, in the much anticipated match in the 145 pound weight class, freshman Brant Whitaker was pinned by senior Luke West in the second period in 3:26. Prior to the pin, Whitaker trailed West by just three (4-1) after the first period but made a mistake in the second period and paid the price.
The loss dropped Whitaker to 34-3 on the season.
Boonville got back on track in the 152 pound weight class, with junior Charlie Pumel picking up a pin in the second period against Dequentin Smith in 3:08. Pumel led Smith 4-0 after the first period with a takedown and two-point nearfall prior to the pin.
Pumel improved to 24-3 on the season with the win.
In the only other two matches, Dakota Rapp lost by a major decision in the 170 pound weight class against Cooper Crane 18-7 while Dustyn Taylor was pinned in 51 seconds by Ian Hayden in the 195-pound weight class.
The Boonville Pirates wrestling team will compete in the Richmond Spartan Varsity Wrestling Invitational on Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m.
Teams competing in the tournament along with Boonville are: Belton, Center, Excelsior Springs, Gallatin, Holden, Kearney, Marshall, Maysville, Richmond, Ruskin and Winnetonka.
The Boonville Pirates JV wrestling team will also take part in the Hickman JV Tournament Saturday in Columbia.
Wrestling will start at 9 a.m.
The Class 2 District 3 Tournament will be held in Clinton on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10.